Olivia Newton-John announced several months ago that her breast cancer has returned. While she has been in remission for the past 25 years, breast cancer and other cancers can recur far into the future. While Newton-John thought she was simply having a problem with her low back, she quickly learned that her breast cancer had metastasized to her sacrum.
At 68 years old, Newton-John has had a long, successful career as both a singer and an actress, coming in to fame after playing the lead character in the movie Grease. She is a well loved star, and many of her fans are praying for her during this recurrence.
It’s common for breast cancer to return at some point in a woman’s life. When a new lump forms in the breast, this is considered a localized occurrence. The cancer can also spread to bone, as in Newton-John’s case, to organs, or even to the brain. If this occurs, this is called a metastasized cancer. The cancer cells travel along the lymphatic system, settling at an organ or other area where they begin to multiply.
Breast cancer appears to be more of a systemic disease than it seemed just a few short years ago. Statistics are shaky, because many people don’t report recurrence with the cancer registry. Some reports suggest that one in three women have a cancer recurrence after breast cancer at some point in heir lives.
In 1992, Newton-John had a complete mastectomy after learning she had breast cancer. She went on to create the Olivia Newton-John Cancer Wellness and Research Cengdf in Melbourne, Australia, where she will receive photon radiation therapy for her new diagnosis.
Love for Newton-John has been pouring in from all over the world. She is thankful for the prayers of friends, fans and family as she moves forward with this next phase in her treatment.
Newton-John is not nervous. While recurring breast cancer may be a stressful diagnosis, she is not described as terminal. Plenty of people do great, even after can has spread to the bone. It’s more of a chronic problem than a terminal one, and she has some of the best treatment in the world available to her.
She believes strongly in living a natural, healthy life. She focuses on keeping her body at an ideal weight, exercising regularly and eating a well-balanced diet. She practices yoga, meditation, and she is willing to try alternative therapies to enhance her wellness. As a prominent star who has been diagnosed with cancer, she has been a strong role model for women around the world struggling with the same diagnosis.
While a spread of breast cancer 25 years after the initial diagnosis may come as a shock to many women, it isn’t really a shock to the doctors that provide treatment. While an aggressive recurrence is more likely within the first five years, a recurrence of breast cancer can occur at any time.
Fans are praying that their favorite singer is free from disease and that she gets back on tour quickly. She was on tour for her new album, LIV ON, but the second part of the tour has been postponed until she is feeling well enough to perform again.
The album is an 11 song collection, with songs focused on how she has overcome trauma, including her own trauma after struggling with breast cancer 25 years ago. In 2013, her sister Rona died from brain cancer.
Newton-John is certain that her treatment is going to be successful. She goes on social media to report to her fans. While it has been reported that she has had trouble moving around, she has been spotted out shopping by the news media. Newton-John is in good spirits throughout this new diagnosis, and she can’t wait to get back on the stage again.
While Newton-John may have had cancer return, she has faith that she will beat breast cancer once again. She is determined to get back on the stage, and with her rigorous treatment routine she should be back on her feet quickly.
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